Byron Haskin

Director of losta movies from the 20s to the 60s, including Treasure Island and War of the Worlds.  Was also a cinematographer and special effects man.

Like It Treasure Island (1950) -- Pretty fun live-action by Disney starring Robert Newton as the quintessential pirate.  In fact, he pretty much invented the pirate as we know it today.  (Byron Haskins also directs the sequel, Long John Silver.)

Like It War of the Worlds (1953) -- In spite of the movie having an overall bland, studio look, it's got some impressive and influential effects (thanks, George Pal) for its time (it certainly influenced Spielberg and some of his contemporaries) and the story is told well enough, though by the end it becomes a weird religious movie.

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